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says president obama. >> the difference between this year and 2011 is the fact that we have made $1.2 trillion in cuts. at the time i indicated that there were cuts that we can sensibly make that would not damage our economy. would not impede growth. >> in a statement, john boehner stood by the efforts to use the debt ceiling as leverage. the american people do not support raising the debt ceiling without reducing spending at the same time, he said. the consequences of failing to increase the debt ceiling are real and so too are the consequences of allowing our spending problem to go unresolved. >> if you think about the first four years. >> hoary addressed concern that is the new cabinet lacks diversity. of the 16 cabinet positions, only two are women. recent appointments to posts have been white men. the president promised the diversity of his second term cabinet will meet that of his first. >> i would suggest that everybody wait until they have seen all my appointments. who is in the white house staff and who is in my cabinet before they rush to judgment. >> the president respond
. the senate hasn't confirmed a permanent atf director in years. strengthening the atf is part president obama's new gun regulation plan. >>> mark sanford is running for his old seat. his extramarital affair became public in 2009. sanford says he deserves a second chance. >> u.s. senators retire every 1,000 years or something. he retires, the governor happens to pick the guy who was in the seat that i used to hold and so there's been these strange opening of doors and i don't know exactly what it means but we'll find out in nine weeks. >> you can hear more from mark sanford tonight at 9:00 p.m. eastern. pier piers morgan will have him on as a guest. >>> the olympic committee is stripping lance armstrong of his medal of the 2000 games in sydney, more fallout from his reported confession to doping which we will learn more about when armstrong's interview with oprah airs. remember he's been stripped of his tour de france titles, let's take you to france to hear people there are reacting on the phone with us is cnn's zain verjee. she's in a town just outside of paris, so i'm ready, hit me. i'm sur
president obama, my name is julia. i'm an 11-year-old who lives here in d.c. there are no words to explain how sad i am about the school shooting. even though i'm not scared for my safety, i'm scared for others. i have four brothers and sisters and i know i would not be able to bear the thought of losing any of them. i may not be that into politics, but my opinion is it should be very hard for people to buy guns. the only thing they do is harm or kill and guns should only be in the most horrible event, where others will get hurt if they are not. i know that laws have to be passed by congress, but i beg you to try very hard to make guns not allowed, not just for me, but the whole united states. my love and regrets, julia. >> that's a very thoughtful letter, julia. why did you decide to sit down and write it? >> well, i was overwhelmed with sadness about the school shooting and knew as one person i couldn't do anything, but i knew that president obama could. so i decided to write this letter hoping that at least he would read it and think of doing something. >> theo, you're the dad. did you
from getting the flu for years. wolf blitzer's off today. i'm joe johns. you're in "the situation room." we begin now with a guessing game about what is in president obama's so called comprehensive proposals to cut down on gun violence. the president and vice president are set to unveil their plans tomorrow and even though officials are trying to keep the deal under wraps, we already know what is in the plan. jessica yellin has been working her sources and joins us live now. what do you know? >> joe, today vice president biden delivered his plan to the president just a month after the newtown shootings and among the top recommendations that the president will unveil tomorrow we're told are enhanced background checks for gun sales of all kinds. the president has outlined two types of paths forward for the president. he has told legislators that he is going to give the president 19 different executive actions that the president can take essentially on his own without any congressional action and this could include better enforcement. keeping data on where the guns are. the government sto
they doing seven years ago? were they going around the republican president to get their way? >> no. at the end of the day, the debt sewelling was raised. >> neil: then senator barack obama didn't want to do that because he wanted to send a message. so if republicans are of the same mind-set, what made it appropriate then and inappropriate now? >> because there was no imminent threat of the debt ceiling not being raised, right? these were protest vote ofs, as opposed to organized efforts -- >> neil: i don't know. i covered at the time. that was a close call. that was a close call. every prominent democrat voted to stop it. you are right nretrospect tdidn't happen and like the prior incidents, it never happened. but i just worry about giving a president of either party cart blanch authority to go ahead and raise the debt ceiling t. does take away, what little incentive and back bone there is to show a back bone, doesn't it? >> i don't agree. neil, i have a lot of respect for you and this show. i just don't agree with you. what i wish would happen right now, let paul ryan -- the repub
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